A pall of uncertainty still surrounds the nomination of a candidate to occupy the seat of Vice President, with odds yesterday mounting against Kaduna State Governor, Muhammad Namadi Sambo who was endorsed by the Governors’ Forum for the job.
The Northern governors and a select members of the Governors’ Forum had risen from a late night meeting on Wednesday with a resolution to propose Sambo, an architect as deputy to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sambo’s name was expected to have been forwarded to the National Assembly on Thursday for approval but Daily Sun gathered that the choice had thrown up some clogs, which had to be cleared.
From the governor’s Kaduna home-front protests were said to have begun to well up against his nomination.
The protests arose from the fact that if Sambo vacates the governor’s seat, his deputy, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa automatically becomes governor. Some interested parties in the state are believed to be uncomfortable to have Yakowa, a Christian from the Southern Kaduna, Jema’a Local Government Area as governor. No southern Kaduna native had ever been governor in the state.
The parties, it was further gathered, had been making consultations to ensure that the status quo remained in the state.
Besides, a very dependable source said should the nomination of Sambo sail through at the National Assembly, the job of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed would be on the line.
The source said it was impossible for the North to occupy both the Vice President slot and the SGF office at the same time.
Another odd against Sambo’s emergence as deputy president is opposition from National Assembly members who appear dissatisfied with the awesome influence the governors had aggregated to themselves. A source in the Senate said the emergence of Sambo implied personalities such as Senators Ahmed Makarfi and Kanti Bello preferred by their colleagues had lost out and a consensus agreement would have to be worked out.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan as at press time was yet to send Sambo’s nomination letter to the National Assembly and will probably not do so until either the weekend or next Tuesday when the Senate would resume sitting.
The leadership of the Senate also confirmed that it was not in receipt of the letter conveying the nomination of Governor Sambo as vice president.
Chairman of Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze told journalists that as soon as the leadership of the Senate got the letter, it would make it public, adding that the matter was still being handled by those who had the competence to do so.
According to Senator Eze, “I want to confirm that we do not have any letter forwarding any nominee so far. We saw in the papers like everybody. We have not gotten it and when we get it, we will make it public.”
Efforts to get the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Ima Niboro, proved abortive as he remains mum despite repeated attempts to get him to comment at the Aguda House where the President is still resident while awaiting his official residence to be ready any moment from now.
Some Nigerian and international media have already gone to town confirming the nomination of Sambo by Jonathan for the position of the vice president. Namadi Sambo, elected the governor of Kaduna state in 2007 was born on the 2nd of August 1954 In Zaria, Kaduna State of Nigeria. He had his early education at Baptist Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna in 1959 before moving to Kobi Primary School in Bauchi. He later attended Government Secondary School now Alhuda-Huda College in Zaria Between 1967 to 1971.
After his studies at the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between 1972 to 1973, he gained admission to study Architecture at the same university where he graduated in 1976 with Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Architecture. He also holds Masters Degree (M.Sc.) Architecture in 1978.
Governor Sambo has been Governor of Kaduna State since 2007.
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